Results 61–80 of 313 for speaker:Lord Sutherland of Houndwood

Higher Education Bill (8 Jun 2004)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I am also very happy warmly to support the amendment. Two or three key words that have echoed around the Chamber in our debates are what underwrite the amendment. One is additionality; one is transparency; and the other is the connection between means and ends. Each of those is included in this very subtle and clever amendment. I support the amendment because, if funding for...

Higher Education Bill (22 Jun 2004)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I warmly welcome what the Minister said on the matter. In the light of what she had to say, I welcome the acceptance of the principle of a review or appeal procedure being inserted into the Bill. I, too, hope that the mechanism will be used rarely and that discretion will be used by universities and that the director will act in a way that will not provoke the need for appeals. None...

European Higher Education Area (14 Jul 2004)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, can the Minister assure us that there is no further likelihood of an additional level of quality assurance regulation being imposed as a result of this? If she cannot do so, can she assure us that she would resist such an imposition?

School Inspections (9 Sep 2004)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, in the absence of the scheduled second speaker, I rise to present my speech.

School Inspections (9 Sep 2004)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, I thank the noble Earl for that; it increases the running time from six to seven minutes. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Dearing, for introducing the debate with his characteristic sharpness and specificity. I welcome the Minister to his new responsibilities and wish him well. A senior civil servant whom I knew once said that the only lobby that he thought more fractious than the...

Lords Amendment (18 Nov 2004)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, can the Minister say whether passing Amendments Nos. 49B and 50B would significantly limit the power and capacity of the Government to respond to the very serious situations that they properly envisage?

Casinos (9 Dec 2004)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords—

Casinos (9 Dec 2004)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, can the Minister say what powers local planning committees will have in this process?

Education Bill [HL] (13 Dec 2004)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: My Lords, in general terms, I welcome the Bill and the provisions with regard to the inspectorate and to the Teacher Training Agency. In addition, I welcome two specific provisions in relation to schools. One that has been mentioned by a number of noble Lords is three-year budgeting, which I am sure will be a significant help in the efficient and effective running of schools. Along with my...

Education Bill [HL] (11 Jan 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: I support the thrust of the amendment. I think that I remember correctly that the original legislation in 1992 provided for the chief inspector to be accountable to Parliament. The introduction of the Secretary of State was, in part, a technicality. The chief inspector is, of course, not a Member of Parliament and there had to be a mechanism for laying the chief inspector's report before...

Education Bill [HL] (11 Jan 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: I want very briefly to support this amendment, for two reasons. The first is that the philosophy of the inspection system that this Bill encapsulates requires a confidence in the capacity of schools to evaluate themselves. The system will not work unless that is present. Secondly, the beginning of Clause 2(1) says: "The Chief Inspector has the general duty of keeping the Secretary of State...

Education Bill [HL] (11 Jan 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: Many good reasons have already been given for this amendment. Perhaps I may underline one which has been alluded to. In the matter of parental choice, which the Government properly hold dear, one of the key criteria operated by most parents is the quality of discipline in the school for all the reasons that we have just heard. I reckon that it rates virtually as highly as academic standards...

Education Bill [HL] (13 Jan 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: I want to make three points about Amendment No. 39. First, I support the thrust and intention of the amendments grouped with mine. I spoke about that at Second Reading, so I shall not repeat my arguments about the importance of the parents' role in the process. I noticed in passing, with some wry amusement, that the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, managed to identify a school that has...

Education Bill [HL] (13 Jan 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: Whether correctly or not, I attempted formally to move Amendment No. 39 and it is right that I should for the record formally withdraw it. Perhaps I may make two comments. First, I appreciate the answer of the Minister and the stress that it puts on the work of the governors. Secondly, I leave one thought for further reflection. The emphasis has been on the rights of Ofsted and the processes...

Education Bill [HL] (13 Jan 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: In speaking to Amendment No. 49 in this group, I pray in aid the support of my absent colleague, the noble Lord, Lord Dearing, who would wish to make some points that I shall try to describe. Amendment No. 49 follows others in this group in seeking a fair and clear appeals procedure and we support the thrust of them. This amendment takes on board the difficulty of encapsulating all that...

Education Bill [HL] (13 Jan 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: Before the Minister sits down, I want to add that as a former chief inspector I have much sympathy with the Government's position. The reservations expressed would be more easily allayed if a strong appeals procedure were established.

Education Bill [HL] (13 Jan 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: I support the amendment. I was interested to hear the right reverend Prelate premise part of the practical proposals on an assumption that confidentiality would be kept by the diocesan board and offices. I shall go home to read more Trollope and reconsider whether I should send the right reverend Prelate a volume or two. That said, I support this amendment, particularly its ecumenical nature....

Written Answers — House of Lords: Reprocessed Fuel Oil (19 Jan 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the consequences for the environment of the restrictions placed upon the use of reprocessed fuel oil by the European Waste Incineration Directive.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Reprocessed Fuel Oil (19 Jan 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has carried out an environmental impact assessment of the consequences of stopping the reprocessing of used oils.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Oil Reprocessing (24 Jan 2005)

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: asked Her Majesty's Government: How much oil is reprocessed in the United Kingdom; and for what end uses.


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